The MHEDA Journal - First Quarter, 2014 - (Page 32)

INDuSTRy DistriBUtOrs FORECAST Confidence Abounds as Dealers Expect Strong Growth in 2014 MHEDA Dealers Across All Segments Forecast Growth BY STEVE GUGLIELMO E very year, The MHEDA Journal devotes much of the first quarter issue of the magazine to discussing the economic outlook for the year ahead. We spoke to dozens of MHEDA members in every segment of the industry across North America in an attempt to paint a picture of what to expect in 2014. While the memory of the Great Recession is still fresh in our minds, the industry has taken great strides since the dog days of 2008-2009, with many companies reporting record sales in 2013. 32 MHEDA | And if 2013 was a banner year for the industry, 2014 is poised to be even better. Not one distributor polled for the forecast expects sales to be down next year, while 69.2 percent forecasted sales to be up. The storage and handling segment of the industry is projected to lead the way with an aggregate forecast of 8.1 percent growth next year! And though confidence abounds, there is still a sense of unease that permeated the tone of the conversation. Even coming off of a record 2013 and with the expectation of new records in 2014, the cloud of Washington still hangs in the air. There is confusion

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - First Quarter, 2014

President’s Perspective
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Editor’s Note
MHEDA’s 2014 Board of Directors and MBOA
Ask Your Board
MHEDA Member Profile
At Work
Distributor Forecast
Supplier Forecast
Manufacturer Forecast
Material Handling Forecast
Conveyor Forecast
Industrial Trucks Forecast
MHEDA: 60 Years of Moving Members Forward
Don Chance Retires From NMHG
Convention Preview
The New and Improved 2014 MHEDA Disc Report
New Members
Spotlight on Association News
MHEDA University Calendar
MHEDA Milestones
Index of Advertisers by Product Category

The MHEDA Journal - First Quarter, 2014